Julian Agyeman grew up in East Yorkshire in the UK during the 1960s and '70s. He is a Professor in the Department of Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning (UEP) at Tufts University, Medford-Boston, MA, USA. His current research interests are in five broad areas, each of which critically explores some aspect(s) of the complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity.
The areas are:
the nexus between the concepts of environmental justice and sustainability and, specifically, the possibility of a 'just sustainability';
the potential of the concept of 'spatial justice' to contribute to 'just sustainability';
the potential in emerging discourses around 'food justice/sovereignty' to contribute to discourses around 'just sustainability';
the concepts of interculturalism, cultural competency, culturally inclusive practice and culturally inclusive spaces in urban planning;
the potential in sharing in cities to decrease inequality, increase social capital and to cut resource use.
He is co-originator of the concept of 'just sustainabilities,' the integration of social/spatial justice and environmental sustainability, defined as "the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems".